Musical Stars Stepping Out for Social Justice


Since the tragic killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the spotlight has been on social justice causes and police reform. And some of our favorite musicians have been taking notes. More importantly, some have been taking action!

Of course, not everybody has the resources to donate a huge amount of money to a cause they believe in, but when multimillionaire singers, rappers, and producers speak out on an issue, people expect them to put their money where their mouths are. Here are a few examples of the stars doing exactly that!

  1. The Weeknd. His music has made an impact on millions, and his money will probably make an even greater impact. The “Blinding Lights” singer, born Abel Tesfaye, gave $500,000 to a variety of racial justice causes last week.

  2. Drake. The so-called “6 God” famously rapped that when he dies, he’s taking his money to the grave. But maybe the former child actor had a change of heart last week, when he donated $100,000 to National Bail Out.

  3. BTS. The Korean boyband and their fans made headlines by working together on the group’s donation. The members gave $1 million to Black Lives Matter, and soon after, their fans created the #MatchAMillion trend. In just over 24 hours, the “BTS Army” had raised an additional $1 million for BLM!

  4. Kanye West. The incredibly wealthy rap icon had been silent on social media about everything going on in the world, but it turns out, his actions spoke louder than his words. Ye parted ways with $2 million, designed to help the children of some recent police violence victims.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of all the stars who pledged their money, just a few examples. Some singers, like Lady Gaga and Shawn Mendes, have instead chosen to use their massive platforms to highlight voices from other communities.

Besides well-known pop music superstars, there are plenty of other people out there, advocating for change, and you don’t have to be famous to do so! Nor do you have to give millions to a cause you believe in. But if you’re at a demonstration and the guy next to you looks suspiciously like Harry Styles, just know that some of the biggest artists in the world stand with you.